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Recovery Ambassadors

WVU Collegiate Recovery Ambassadors are a hand selected group of  students who are dedicated to service and recovery.  They serve as a great resource for newcomers!

Andrew Caryl

Andrew volunteered with WVU Collegiate Recovery for a year while finishing his Regents Bachelor of Arts at WVU. He is now a graduate assistant with the program and working towards his Masters in Clinical Rehabilitation and Mental Health Counseling. When done with school, he hopes to work as a substance abuse counselor in West Virginia. As a person in long term recovery, he has learned that one of the most valuable tools for a person seeking recovery is support from his/her peers in recovery. In an effort to build a supportive community for students in recovery, Andrew hosts events such as: Monday Meditation Group, Friday Check-In Meetings, and Sober Tailgates for every football game.  Email Andrew

Olivia Dale Pape

After what I jokingly refer to as a “six-year summer vacation”, I decided to head to graduate school in the fall of 2016. I am working toward a Master of Public Health in Social and Behavioral Sciences at WVU. Concurrent to my role as a student, I am the Communications Specialist for the WVU School of Public Health, a member of the WVU Council for Women’s Concerns, President of Mountaineers for Recovery and a founding member of the WVU Collegiate Recovery Program. I’ve been in long-term recovery since May 2013 and have since dedicated myself to advocacy, education and empowerment around eating disorders. I hope to one day translate my MPH and my passion for recovery into a career with Collegiate Recovery. In my seemingly sparse free time, I can be found running, drinking comical amounts of La Croix and probably watching Disney movies.

Andrea Winters

Shuba Narasimhan, AmeriCorps VISTA
Hello! I graduated from WVU in May 2017 with a Bachelor of Arts in both Criminology and Psychology. I wish to go to graduate school here at WVU (for psychology) once I have finished my service year. My passions include reading books based on spirituality, writing what I like to call "empowerment poems", practicing my violin, and educating myself on how to continue healing in my long-term recovery. Email Shuba

Cathy Yura, EdD, Licensed Psychologist, Director of WVU Collegiate Recovery Program
Email Cathy

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WVU Collegiate Recovery Ambassadors- Making the Grade & Winning Awards!

Olivia Dale Pape was awarded the "Rising Star Award" through WVU School of Public Health in April 2017
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Andrew Caryl & Andrea Winters at WVAADC Awards Ceremony  2017

Andrea Winters was given the Journey to the Profession Award by WVAADC in June 2017.  The award included a $500 Scholarship.

Andrew was given the New Frontier Award by WVAADC in June 2017 which is for a professional with less than 2 years in the field.


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